Executive Bio

Steven Russo, Founder President & CEO 

With over 25 years in the industry, Steve Russo is an accomplished leader in the Youth and Adult Handbag and Accessory market. A graduate of Wharton School of Finance, Steve worked in and studied the industry for ten years before founding FAB NY in 1997. FAB NY established itself as a key resource for Kid's Accessories and in 2003, with the acquisition of the industry dominant Pyramid Accessories, became a leader in the Kids Character License market, anchored by multi category license with Hello Kitty, as well as in depth partnerships with Nickelodeon, Hasbro etc. In 2010, Steve entered the designer handbag market through the introduction of Artisan House, a company with owned brands Foley + Corinna, Isabella Fiore and Danielle Nicole. Uniquely positioned in the market, Artisan House curates talent and has collaborated with fashion icons such as LAMB, Carlos Falchi and pioneered collaborating with Bloggers in their recent handbag collection with The Bag Snobs. In 2012, FAB NY enhanced its backpack brand portfolio with the global launch of MOJO Backpacks™ in addition to fashion brands, Yak Pak and MadPAx and has become a key resource for Fashion Backpacks. A believer in giving back, Steve has sponsored graphic arts programs in two community high schools to enable the youth of his community to build careers in product design and architecture at an early age.  In 2014, Steve made significant investments in E-Commerce Retailers, dELiA*s and Alloy Apparel which broadened his investment portfolio in the Fashion Industry. Steve's achievements and iconic inspiration for vision and leadership have made him a respected and trusted partner to many. Steve currently serves as a board member of TerraCycle, a global leader in collecting and repurposing hard- to- recycle waste through various innovative platforms. Steve lives in Brooklyn, with his wife Heidi. He has four children, three stepchildren and a grandchild.